Presented by ACMI in association with Art After Dark Melbourne
Hitch a ride into the dark heart of Australia with this blistering, badly behaved sample-based film that confronts the horrors of our national mythologies.
A weird, dazzling, kinetic, dizzyingly ambitious, sensationally mishmashed beast of an Australian film.
Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a political revenge fable that binds together a documentary impulse with speculative muckraking. The apocalyptic desert camps of Mad Max 2 become the site of refugee detention, bicentenary celebrations are ravaged by flesh-eating sheep, and the women of Australian cinema go vigilante on Mel Gibson.
By intricately remixing fragments of the nation’s cinema canon, Soda Jerk interrogates the unstable entanglement of fiction that underpins this country's vexed sense of self. Following its controversial premiere in 2018, TERROR NULLIUS returns to ACMI with a cinematic provocation that’s as dark, hopeful and urgent as ever
About the artists
Soda Jerk is a duo who work exclusively with sampled material and pirated cinema to make rogue documentary films. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images; how they circulate, whom they benefit and how they can be undone. Formed in Sydney in 2002, they’ve been in based between Brooklyn and Berlin since 2010. In 2016 Soda Jerk collaborated with electronic music group The Avalanches on a concept video for their acclaimed album Wildflower. Their new feature Hello Dankness is a suburban political fable which bears witness to the psychotropic cultural spectacle in the US from 2016 to 2020. Co-presented by the Samstag Museum of Art and Adelaide Film Festival, it will premiere in October 2022.
Art After Dark Melbourne
Fri 13 – Sat 14 May 2022
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